Nov 10, 2012 8:00am PST
bikes originated in the us about 6 years ago. two years ago, ibrahim partnered with an austrian company. >> in the initial stage it was difficult. we didn't have all the tools, we were using our hands in cutting all the shapes. now we have tools that make the work easier. it used to take a week to build one bike but now it takes 3 to 4 days. they help me a lot. they bought me this jig for about $1500. >> making the steering column is one of the tricky bits. if the drill isn't in exactly the right place, all the hard work is for nothing. the bamboo is stabilized with% resin, which prevents it from splitting or getting damaged by pests. then the actual steering column is put in place and attached to the rear wheel and the parts are secured with a mixture of epoxy resin and fibers. while the glue dries, it's time to pick up the next load of bamboo. first ibrahim has to stop by a store. ibrahim gets his bamboo from this village. a new power supply line has been installed, but for the time being, there's no actual power. the villagers are pinning their hopes for modernization on ibrahim. he'
Nov 9, 2012 5:30pm PST
>>> welcome to "newsline." u.s. president barack obama says it's he time to bget back to wok on the economy. he says they can start by going along with his plan to extend tax breaks for the middle class. obama used the first speech since re-election to outline his plan to cut the federal deficit. he said he wants to raise taxes on the rich and says the majority of americans agree with his approach. >> nobody, not republicans, not democrats, want taxes to go up for folks making under $250,000 a year. so leept's not wait. even as we negotiate a broader deficit reduction package, let's extend the middle class tax cuts right now. >> obama is open to compromise and new ideas and he'll invite john boehner to the white house next week to look for common ground. boehner said higher taxes just for the wealthy are unacceptable. still, republicans and democrats agree on the need to aavoid a so-called fiscal cliff. attention is now focused on whether they can narrow their differences on higher taxes for the rich. >>> top officials from across china are mapping out where the country will